For Parents

5 things to do in London this summer

We’ve just had the hottest day in June for more than 40 years. Some loved it, others hated it; almost everyone talked about it. Whether you like it or not, summer has arrived, and it did so in formidable fashion. So here are 5 awesome things to do in London whilst the sun has his proverbial hat on. Some you can do with your kids; others you may need to book a sitter for – speaking of which, we know an app that’s good for that… 1. THE BEACH BRENT CROSS With the long summer days upon us, what better

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3 top London brunch spots

We’ve partnered with the amazing restaurant app CAKE to give one of you lucky readers a night out worth £200. No, your eyes are not mistaken, £200. We’ve covered the babysitting; CAKE have sorted the food – it doesn’t get much better than that. As the competition deadline is fast approaching (midnight, 27th June), we wanted to give you some fresh ideas as to where you can splash the CAKE cash. Last time we focused on dinner, this week we’ve decided to brunch it up. 1. HALLY’S CAFÉ, Parsons Green Fancy going on holiday without having to pack your bags? Of

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3 London restaurants we’re loving this week

Okay, your babysitter is sorted (using bubble, obviously), it’s Friday night, the feeling’s right, and you’re craving heavenly food and scintillating service. Well stop preaching – because we feel the same. Many call Paris the food capital of the world… others say New York. Well we think London is up there with the very best. Where else can you find such incredible diversity? We’ll tell you – nowhere. And with this multicultural melting pot comes great food, lots of it. Yes, finding amazing food in London is easy – it’s choosing where to go that’s the hard part. So here

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Screaming with Laughter – we did, and so will you!

Right. Imagine this – an oasis where parents gather, watch upcoming comedians and, get your head around this one, are encouraged to bring their babies. As a matter of fact, not bringing your baby would be considered a rather strange and conspicuous thing to do. All but a dream we hear you say… NEWSFLASH: it’s here, and it’s in the form of ‘Screaming with Laughter’; a place to bring your little ones, watch rib-cracking comedy, and, most importantly, unwind. We loved the sound of this idea, decided to sponsor one of their Balham events, and believe us, we were not

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THE school half-term survival guide for parents ‘too cool’ (cough) to plan

  Been too busy to think about school half-term, let alone plan anything? And you don’t want to waste a lovely family Bank Holiday weekend frantically ‘Googling’ educationally and emotionally fulfilling kids’ days out, or booking ridiculously expensive family mini-breaks? We don’t blame you! These days the pressure is on to plan every second, so if you’re an organised mum or dad who’s already got half term mapped out, then hats off. And if you’re the one who’s escaping to work next week, we salute you. But if you’re the parent who’s been head down and – BAM! – half-term has just hit

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How to deal with a 1 year old heckler!

Hatty Ashdown – a comic and mum from South East London and MC of Screaming With Laughter, the original London lunchtime comedy club for parents and babies – describes the perils of mixing comedy and kids. “Everyone knows dealing with a heckler is one of the biggest challenges for a stand-up comic – well, how about when that heckler is 1 year old! I took over running Screaming With Laughter from comic Lucy Porter (the one off the telly) earlier this year, and MC’ing these shows is different to any other gigs I’ve done. It’s an amazing, unique challenge as

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7 ways to find your parent tribe

“Find your tribe, love them hard”. For all the joy it brings, parenting can also be one of the loneliest jobs in the world. The adage that it takes a village to raise a child still holds true, but the onus is now on us to construct our own communities and find our own tribes. Whether you’re a first-time parent or not, you can never have too many people around you who know exactly what you’re going through and can provide love and support when the (not-always-proverbial) sh*t hits the fan. Here’s how to find them: 1. Join relevant Facebook

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5 cool things for entrepreneurial London parents

Spring Budget aside, there’s never been a better time for parents to be starting their own businesses, or making the leap to self-employment, particularly in London. Whether you work freelance, have started or are thinking of starting a business, or you just want some space to think about your life goals while networking with likeminded people, there is definitely something on offer for you. Google Campus for Mums (& dads) Currently accepting applications for its 10-week course starting in May, Google Campus has been designed for parents who have a business idea or are in the early stages of launching

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10 daytime date ideas for busy parents

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking to parents about how they manage to find time together as a couple without the kids. One thing we’ve heard again and again is that parents are ditching elaborate nights out in favour of taking an hour or two to themselves during the day when the kids are at school/nursery anyway or when they can leave little ones with a sitter without worrying about bedtime. Here are our favourite daytime activities in London in case you want to jump on the trend too: Listen to beautiful music There are several free lunchtime

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What’s your parent dating style?

Becoming a parent doesn’t just change who you are as a person, it inevitably changes your relationship too, with some parents finding it hard to get time alone together without the kids. We’ve been chatting to loads of parents and have found that, while we’re not necessarily doing all the same things we did before, we’re finding new ways of having fun together, and that’s pretty great too. 1. Ain’t no party like a PTA party It may not have been your idea of a wild night out before you had kids, but you get to drink (warm) wine and

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